Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Is this a Ku Klux Klan hood? Vote now (poll)

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click to enlarge Is this a Ku Klux Klan hood?
  • Is this a Ku Klux Klan hood?

Dallas Smith created and designed "a white, cone-shaped mask" in his first-grade art class at Winfield-Scott Elementary School in Fort Scott, Kansas. He wasn't forced to wear the mask, which looks a lot like a Ku Klux Klan hood.

Before we totally freak out, Smith is 6 years old. He also happens to be black. Nevertheless, when Barry Smith saw his son's mask, he was "outraged" according to KSHB Channel 41's report. He confronted the school's principal, who apologized as did the school's superintendent.



After hearing from the art teacher in KSHB's report, I really don't

think there's anything malicious going on here. That said, the teacher should have taken one look at the mask and realized, uh, maybe a different shape would be better.

Smith and his wife are pulling their son out of the school and transferring him to a school in Pittsburg, Kansas.

So what do you think? Is it a Klan hood? Or did the teacher just not realize that this might be offensive?

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